Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail

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The 106.5-mile Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail (FKOHT) will stretch the length of the Florida Keys, from Key Largo to Key West, the southernmost point of the continental United States. The trail is also part of a larger effort called the East Coast Greenway, which will link multi-use trails from Florida all the way to Maine.

Currently, more than 75 miles of the FKOHT have been paved and completed. For the rest, users will have to share the road with vehicles. The trail runs parallel to US Highway 1. Use extreme caution as some areas have narrow shoulders, causing potentially dangerous traffic encounters. The trail is also quite exposed, so bring lots of sunscreen.

Tracing the course of Henry Flagler's old railroad line, FKOHT includes 23 of the rail bridges, the longest of which is 7 miles. Some of these have been converted back to their original configuration, but with added safety rails and an asphalt surface. To accommodate fishing, platforms have been added to some of the reconditioned spans, including the 2.2-mile Long Key Bridge and smaller spans at Channel 2, Toms Harbor, and Toms Harbor Cut. In addition, the trail links a number of superb natural areas and historic sites.

Some highlights include:

  • Lower Matacumbe Key to Channel 5 historic bridge, 5.5 miles (MM 72-MM 77.5)
  • Long Key Trail & Bridge, 2.2 miles (MM 65-MM 68.5)
  • Grassy Key Trail, 4 miles (MM 54.5-MM 58.5)
  • Toms Harbor/Toms Harbor Cut, 5 miles (MM 60.5-MM 61.5)
  • Saddlebunch Trail, 4 miles (MM 11-MM15)
  • Knight's Key Trailhead to Pigeon Key, 2 miles (MM45-MM 47)
  • Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock State Park
  • John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
  • Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park
  • Indian Key Historic State Park
  • Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park
  • San Pedro Underwater Archaeological Preserve
  • Curry Hammock State Park
  • Bahia Honda State Park
  • Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available in many places throughout the Florida Keys. For detailed route information traveling from Key West, visit the FKOHT northbound route map. For detailed route information traveling from Key Largo, visit the FKOHT southbound route map.

For more information, contact:
Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail
Office of Greenways & Trails
3 La Croix Court
Key Largo, FL 33037
(305) 853-3571

Reviews

   May, 2016 by dlammer

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Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail on a Catrike

   May, 2016 by popeyethe sailorman

I just returned from my second camping/biking trip in the Keys. This year I planned to ride the entire distance from Key Largo to Key West both ways. I had three days to accomplish this, a tight schedule and a lofty goal for a 71 year old man. Being all ...read more

Reflections from a casual Keys biker

   April, 2016 by claircannon

What follows are some reflections for casual bikers on biking the Keys slowly (4 days) from Key Largo to Key West. My wife and I are in our 60's. This was our first significant bike trip outside of 15 mile day trips on rails-to-trails trails near out ...read more